A NEW holiday destination is set to be on the cards for Brits thanks to a new flight route launching next year.
Singapore Airlines has confirmed that the new route will operate from an airport in London.
According to Travel Gossip, the flag carrier is set to launch flights from London Gatwick to Singapore Changi International Airport from next year.
Five weekly flights will depart from London Gatwick at 10.15am, arriving in Singapore at 6.20am the following day, with a flight time of 13 hours.
The early arrival into Singapore will give passengers the ability to “seamlessly” transfer onto connecting flights to southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, according to the airline.
Flights from London Gatwick to Singapore will depart from March 2024.
The new route will be operated by an Airbus A350-900, and it will feature three cabins, including Business Class, Premium Economy, and Economy.
Singapore Airline’s existing flights from London Heathrow and Manchester Airport will operate as normal.
Singapore Changi International Airport is the main entry point for holidaymakers entering the city-state.
The destination has yet to become as popular as other more well-known tourist spots in Southeast Asia like Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
But there are plenty of reasons to visit the city-state, including its Formula One street circuit, which is set to return in 2024.
In addition the the adrenaline-inducing race, there are other attractions, including a tour of the famous graffiti artwork by Singapore’s answer to Banksy, Yip Yew Chong.
The city-state also has some of the cheapest Michelin-starred meals on the planet, with a plate costing as little as £2 at Liao Fan Hawker Chan in the Chinatown Complex Marke.
There’s also the Gardens by the Bay, which is home to ever-changing displays at the Flower Dome — a towering indoor waterfall at The Cloud Forest — as well as the 160ft vertical gardens at Supertree Grove.
Earlier this year, Singapore Airlines was named the best airline in the world by Skytrax, a company that rates air transport.
Skytrax independently analysed the performance of 325 of the biggest airlines in the world from September 2022 until May 2023.
In the rankings, Singapore Airlines took the top spot, scoring highly for its first-class cabin.
Edward Plaisted of Skytrax said: “It is a fabulous achievement for Singapore Airlines to achieve this World’s Best Airline title for 2023.
“Singapore Airlines achieved excellent results in many of the award categories, with the highlight being recognition of their First Class cabin as the World’s Best First Class.”
Singapore Airlines isn’t the only airline opening new routes from the UK to holiday destinations across the globe.
British Airways will be resuming flights from London Stansted for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.
The flag carrier has confirmed that three new routes will depart from the London airport, with prices starting at £36 for a one-way ticket.
Budget airline Ryanair is launching flights to Spain, Portugal, and Malta, from Norwich Airport.
As it stands, the airport only serves a handful of foreign destinations, which means the Ryanair expansion is great news for holidaymakers in East Anglia.
The flights will run on both Mondays and Fridays, according to the aviation website Simple Flying.
Ryanair is also launching flights from Cornwall Airport and Cardiff Airport, with new routes to Paris and Faro among some of those announced.
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